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Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […] Continue reading
Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes March 23, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population. […] Continue reading
Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading “without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the United States. There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on […] Continue reading
Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading
Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading
Trump a big question mark for people in Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com As Cubans adjust to life without revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, they are also trying to get their minds around what the election of another world leader — President-elect Donald Trump — might mean for their lives and the future of U.S.-Cuba rapprochement. […] Continue reading
The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro / Miriam Leiva ABC International, Miriam Leiva, 26 November 2016 — Fidel Castro left Cuba in disastrous economic conditions after exerting absolute power for more than 47 years. His brother received a country “on the precipice” on 31 July 2006. Raul Castro has had to eliminate the “genial” initiatives […] Continue reading
Fidel’s best-sold myth ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET. Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that […] Continue reading
Embargo remains for some Cuba sectors, as trade grows slowly December 3, 2016 at 2:42 PM EST AMY GUTTMAN: Visitors to Cuba may find the lack of modernization part of the country’s charm, but if Cuban farmers and American investors get their way, oxen that still till these fields may finally be replaced. Cuban-American entrepreneur […] Continue reading
Donald Trump Could Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy ‘Fairly Quickly’ By SERENA MARSHALL Nov 23, 2016, 2:44 PM ET President Obama has said he worked to make the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba “irreversible,” but the policies he has put in place to thaw the more than 50-year standoff between the […] Continue reading
Time for Cuba to Implement Economic Reforms Match the Openings Made by the U.S. Sharelines – The island’s well-educated workforce is one of Cuba’s strengths. – Cuba’s top-heavy, multi-layered bureaucracy drowns itself in endless clearances and red tape. – Foreign investors and developers swarming Havana will soon learn the approval process can be maddeningly tedious. […] Continue reading
Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading
A Disappointing And Unfair Report / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 30 September 2016 — The most recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on the state of journalism in Cuba is, more than disappointing, worrisome. It is not that its authors are uninformed about the Cuban reality. Rather, they […] Continue reading
Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] Continue reading
Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading
Texas faces business obstacles with Cuba, but airline access isn’t one of them By Conor Shine Follow @Conor_Shine cshine@dallasnews.com Aviation Writer Published: 03 September 2016 12:39 AM Updated: 03 September 2016 12:39 AM Starting this week, it is now possible to purchase a ticket online, go to a U.S. airport, board a plane and in […] Continue reading
America’s Conflicted Cuba Policy By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JULY 23, 2016 One year after the United States and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations, the two governments have made considerable, if halting, progress toward rebuilding what has been the most poisonous relationship in the hemisphere. Washington and Havana have agreed to cooperate on health care challenges, […] Continue reading
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